nothing is ever smooth sailing – in fact the smoothness of the sail depends on the imperfection of what you are doing. It is the way you move with the currents, the way you deal with the swallows, and the wind that will make your journey either smooth sailing or awfully bumpy.
we often try to fight our way through a situation, when in reality if you were to just go with it and go in the direction it wants you to go you end with a much smoother sail.
are you going to end up where you intentionally wanted to go? maybe, maybe not, but either way at the end you will have enough energy to get where you want to go; and who knows the journey may change your desire.